Sally Marsden in the film projection room at Mackay Birch Carroll and Coyle. Photo: Tony Martin / Daily Mercury
Sally Marsden in the film projection room at Mackay Birch Carroll and Coyle. Photo: Tony Martin / Daily Mercury

Film festival overcomes odds to drop by Mackay

AFTER initially facing the possibility of cancellation, one film festival can now tour the country.

The Travelling Film Festival will drop by Mackay this November despite COVID-19 restrictions.

Travelling Film Festival manager Sanam Rodrigues said the festival would be played at Birch Carroll and Coyle at Mount Pleasant.

"Our patrons in Mackay will get to watch the local premieres of exceptional films from Australia and around the world on the big screen," she said.

Miss Rodrigues said the festival was important for many regional communities.

"The festival continues to have an improved and loyal core audience as well as consistent engagement and enthusiasm from key community figures, local arts organisations and cultural societies," she said.

Travelling Film Festival Focuses on bringing Australian and international films to a regional audience.
Travelling Film Festival Focuses on bringing Australian and international films to a regional audience.

 

Miss Rodrigues said local area champion Sally Marsden was passionate about this opportunity in Mackay.

Miss Marsden said the festival appointed her to look after local promotions for the event.

"I look after driving awareness of the festival and communication with local organisations and contacts including media and social media," she said.

Through Film and Arts Mackay, Miss Marsden said she worked with the Travelling Film Festival and had even volunteered at the Sydney Film Festival.

"As far as Mackay goes, there's always been enormous support for the festival and the films on show which have been fantastic and well-received," she said.

"Previous years show people in Mackay hugely support the festival.

"The films that attendees can watch are so different to the ones available in the mainstream cinema and there's an alternative culture around the screenings they can go to."

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Miss Rodrigues said the Travelling Film Festival offered regional audiences access to films that would otherwise not be available in local cinemas.

Four of the films were made in Australia, but she said the filmmakers were excited to be part of the tour.

She said the artists considered it a privilege to show their works in regional cinemas.

"The rich array of our local Australian content also includes Sydney Film Festival's finalists Obscura (SFF 2020), an imaginate stop-motion that explores life behind the lens; and Aayan (SFF 2020), the story of an escaped asylum seeker who encounters an Aboriginal man on a remote Australian Beach," Miss Rodrigues said

"She must decide whether to trust him or journey on alone."

Travelling Film Festival runs from November 13 to November 15.

Tickets for Travelling Film Festival Mackay are available now at sff.org.au.

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